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'Hackman' retires from LENOX after 48 years - TheFabricator

'Hackman' retires from LENOX after 48 years

June 14, 2010

LENOX®, a manufacturer of power tool accessories, hand tools, torches, solder, and band saw blades in East Longmeadow, Mass., has announced the retirement of Lee "Hackman" Breton from a 48-year career with the company. Breton started at LENOX in 1962 on the manufacturing floor. During that...

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Automated liquid penetrant testing system inspects for surface defects in base metal and welds

June 14, 2010

ARC Specialties has introduced an automated approach to the final inspection process in liquid penetrant testing (LPT). The Automated Liquid Penetrant (ALP) inspection system incorporates a Cognex CCD camera with software written by the manufacturer to inspect parts for surface defects in both the...

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So the government shows up and says, 'I'm here to help'

June 11, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Ask any metal fabricating business owner or manager what the government can do to help them out, and the response is pretty typical: "Stop trying to help." The last attempt that comes to mind is President Barack Obama's offer of a tax incentive to hire people. Business owners found it laughable....

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Prioritzing U.S. infrastructure needs

June 11, 2010 | By Amanda Carlson

Author and co-founder of New America Foundation gives his insights regarding the U.S.'s crumbling infrastructure and provides tangible ways the federal government can address the situation.

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Fast tracking with W44 beams - TheFabricator

Fast tracking with W44 beams

June 11, 2010 | By Michael F. Engestrom

A truss railroad bridge that was destroyed in a massive flood was replaced within a year thanks to a fast-tracked rebuild effort that featured W44 beams.

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Cleaning up (slowly) in the gulf

June 10, 2010 | By Eric Lundin

It’s no secret that the Transocean oil spill is among the largest man-made environmental disasters of all time. Given the impact, the word spill itself is a huge understatement. Gusher or torrent or catastrophe would be more accurate. An early estimate of 5,000 barrels leaking per day appears to...

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Signs point to more jobs

June 9, 2010 | By Vicki Bell

Among the leading news items yesterday was an Associated Press story about job openings rising in April to the highest level in 16 months, a statistic that offers hope of increased hiring in the coming months.  The latest U.S. Department of Labor's Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey (JOLTS)...

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ABB appoints Michael Mahfet to head its robotics business in North America

June 9, 2010

ABB, a provider of power and automation technologies, has announced the appointment of Michael Mahfet as vice president and general manager of its robotics business in North American, according to Rick Hepperla, regional president of the company's Discrete Automation & Motion division. Mahfet, who...

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President Obama and the Stamping Press

June 8, 2010 | By Tim Heston

Business owners in the metal fabrication industry are getting to be old hands at hosting top dogs from Washington on both sides of the political aisle. Several years ago President Bush visited Fox Valley Metal-Tech in Green Bay, Wis., and gave a speech. Last year Vice President Joe Biden visited...

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How to set up an internship program - TheFabricator

How to set up an internship program

June 8, 2010 | By Dan Davis

Insight from a metal fabricator and the head of Kansas State's Advanced Manufacturing Institute provides companies with good tips for setting up an internship program.

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Cold drawing principles - TheFabricator

Cold drawing principles

June 8, 2010 | By Laurence Shaheen

Understanding that drawing a tube requires more than just pointing and drawing is a good start to a successful draw. Procuring the raw material, pointing, drawing, straightening, and finishing are the five steps fabricators need to keep in mind.

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3-D CAD on the grill, Part VI - TheFabricator

Putting 3-D CAD on the grill - Part VI

June 8, 2010 | By Gerald Davis

Working on a design for a Shashlik Grill, columnist Gerald Davis reminds CAD designers that it is a good practice to test parametric links as the design progresses.

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Planning 101: Hydroforming automation - TheFabricator

Planning 101: Hydroforming automation

June 8, 2010 | By Mike Bollheimer

Developing an automated cell of any sort requires detailed planning,and hydroforming is no exception. All elements, from tube debundling to scrap removal, are like pieces of a puzzle—and if any one of them is missing or doesn’t fit, the entire system becomes ineffective.

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Building a stronger welding program

June 7, 2010 | By Don Knight

Bellingham Technical College launched its Welding Rodeo in 2002 to spur enrollment and raise its public profile. Now one of the premier welding competitions in the Pacific Northwest, the event has helped the school triple its enrollment in welding and expand its program/skill offerings.

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Which cable carrier is right for your application?

June 7, 2010 | By Joe Ciringione

Carrier systems designed to protect your machinery’s cables and hoses can help prevent damage and improve your processes. Which of the many available systems is right for your operation?

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